Graduate Certificate of Planning

Course summary for current students

Year2018 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Planning

This course is an exit option only


1 year part-time

Deakin course codeS563
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Planning can only be completed as an exit option from the Master of Planning (Professional). The course is made up of 4 credit points of study that will help you to develop an in depth awareness of planning issues from a variety of cross discipline perspectives.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline- specific knowledge and capabilities 

Develop specialised knowledge of ever-changing environments to produce plans that guide the development and improvement of liveable sustainable environments and communities.  Apply conceptual planning knowledge and capabilities with adaptability and fluency in improving sustainable environments and communities.


Communicate with audiences in a variety of contexts using oral, written, digital, graphic and interpersonal communication modes to motivate public and private decisions and to effect change.

Digital literacy

Use knowledge of relevant tools and methodologies to locate, collect, analyse, interpret and synthesise information in planning practice.

Critical thinking

Laterally think and review problems, scenarios, designs and plans to address planning problems.

Problem solving

Apply knowledge to identify environmental, cultural and social problems, devise ways to investigate and resolve opportunities and constraints, drawing on evidence, and producing solutions as the basis for appropriate action.


Represent opinions and standards by working individually and collaboratively to produce designs and plans in a timely manner.  Apply knowledge and skills in an independent way to solve contemporary planning problems.

 Approved by Faculty Board 27 July 2017

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Planning, you must successfully complete 4 credit points from the units listed below:

  • 2 core units
  • 2 course-grouped elective units

Course structure

Core Units

Students must complete at least 2 of the following units:

Trimester 1

STP050Academic Integrity (0 credit points)

SRD761Designing Urban Environments

SRP782Smart Cities and Infrastructure

Trimester 2

SRA744Urban Patterns and Precedents

SRP781Planning Processes and Practice


2 elective units chosen from S764 Master of Planning (Professional) course-grouped units

Other course information

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.